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Cafe Bleu

The Style Council

1984

Cafe Bleu

Album Summary

Café Bleu is the official debut album released by the English band The Style Council. It was released on 16 March 1984, on Polydor Records, produced by Paul Weller with Peter Wilson. It followed the compilation Introducing The Style Council, which was released only in the Netherlands, Canada and Japan. The album was mainly recorded at Solid Bond Studios (owned by Weller) except for the strings which were recorded at CBS.Café Bleu was renamed My Ever Changing Moods in the United States to capitalise on the success of the single of the same name. Café Bleu included a large number of extra musicians, known as Honorary Councillors, including Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt from Everything but the Girl. The album represented a huge shift away from Weller's previous group The Jam and towards incorporating his favoured elements of classic soul, jazz and rap.

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Rating

2.96

Votes

3770

Genres

  • Pop
  • New Wave
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5

Ooooooh so, so smoooooth. I could feel my fingers sliding down my thighs, take the underpass and arrive with such desire in my dark soft tunnel. It's the record that made me fall in love with music...and also anal fingering.

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4

Funky soulful jazzy. Not what I would have expected from Paul Welker but very glad I've discovered it

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fuck me, that rap track is epic. meandering along on a sea of cafe jazz waiting patiently for shout to the top to come on and then boom, a super 90s funk rap track that you just know had a keytar involved. would happily have taken an album full of that. extra star for that bad boy.

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2 stars for musicianship but what the fuck was this

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I was enjoying the instrumental tracks, they're quite pleasant so took the edge off the Weller vocal tracks. However, in a completely unexpected swerve, rap happened. From Weller. The second hand embarrassment is too much. What the fuck was he thinking. It's so cringey, it hurts.

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2

Easy listening for pretentious twats.

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5

The vocal performances aren’t my favorite thing ever, but the songs themselves are really great. From the instrumental jazz to the solo piano and voice tracks to some of the more poppy stuff, there’s a surprising amount of variety. Favorite Track(s): “The Paris Match,” “Dropping Bombs On the Whitehouse,” and “Here’s One That Got Away”

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5

A smooth and seamless record, through both its rhythmic jazz and 80s pop backdrop. The Style Council employs colorful chord progressions and brilliantly mastered drums to evoke the 'Cafe Bleu' emotion, and full discretion; to its album's success. Soul meets the blues on this record - although popularly existing hand-in-hand, The Style Council's prior stylistic decisions influence this amalgam, making it a bright and pleasing listen.

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3

I’m not a hundred percent sure who this is for, it seems all over the place in tone

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3

Really enjoyed this album particularly the first half. While I haven't delved much into the Jam or Style Council it seems like this album pushes more into the direction Paul Weller would go in his solo work. Nice mix of soul, jazz, and pop and a lot of fun to listen to. Favorite songs The Paris Match (noted the Duo from Everything but the Girl are featured on this), My Ever Changing Moods. Give this one 3 stars

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3

I liked The Jam (Paul Weller's original band)... I'm not sure about British R&B, personally, but I understand it as a (possibly) important album.

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2

An extra star for being Paul Weller. Not sure how the hell he ended up doing this dull and boring record. Now i'm gonna have to go and listen to The Jam.

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2

I really enjoyed the first half of this album a lot. Then it sorta changed around Gospel. Dude started rapping? And like, eh I don't think it's very good. So first half solid, then nose dives.

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5

Great, would listen more

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5

Always loved this album. Grateful for the reminder

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5

Not sure if this *really* makes the cut for 5 stars or not, but it brightened my day.

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5

Ahh Paul Weller and his then partner DC Lee. Great album with some super tunes on it. Love Mick Talbots Keyboard playing. "The Whole Point of No Return" "The Paris Match" "My Ever Changing Moods" & "Your The Best Thing" highlights but their isn't a bad track on this. I saw Mick Talbot with Jools Holland's Big Band a few years ago. Justifiably on the list!

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5

Альбом великолепный. Звучит потрясно, музыка в стиле соул/джаз. Это здорово :)

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5

Cafe Blew My Mind

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4

Me ship came in is excellent. I know its the other way but it reminds me of the hellsing OST but less dark and grimy and more open and mellow. Highly stylistic album with a lot of colour in it.

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4

Lots going on here. While I admire the ambition and it does include some belters, it feels a little disjointed and maybe too eclectic to earn 5 stars.

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4

this record is all over the place - I hear jazz, I hear hip hop, it's enjoyable.

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4

Funky piano, nice mostly peppy sound.

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4

This was really good! Not quite a 5, but at least 4.5

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4

I'm liking the sound. Very jazzy funk.

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4

I love Style Council. Smooth grooves.

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4

Chill parlor music

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4

This was a refreshing 80's pop album with a great sound. Has a lot of good and fun production that makes it stick out and it continues to hold up.

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4

Jazz-pop-rock. Mezcla curiosa.

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4

Nice

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Olin jo lannistunut kun näin että levy vuodelta 1984 ja briteistä. Odotin perus kasarimenoa, mutta tämähän olikin yllätyksekseni ihan raikasta menoa ja vähän jatsahtavaakin otetta löytyi. Tätä kuunteli ihan mielellään.

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4

What starts off as mostly jazzy instrumentals eventually blends in some soul and even some R/B which I gotta say, surprised me in a good way.

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4

Working class Revolution.. with style.. Nice

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4

It's actually a good álbum, I didn't think I'd like it as mucho as I do. That combination between synth pop and jazz is like, perfect, so good.

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4

Pretty fucking good

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4

hmmm. i don't know what to make of this intro. it was nice enough, let's hope the singer's voice doesn't disappoint. oh second song starts out even nicer. his voice is okay! real nice and imperfect. oh i love this song so much already. "rising up and taking back, the property of every man" uhhh lol. third song: oh so this album wants to be a 5, i see. love the instrumental tracks so far. loving the feature in 'the paris match'. oh i do not like 'a gospel' this will be a 4 after all. also dislike the 'strength of your nature'. the the last couple of tracks are better but not mind blowing like the first seven.

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4

Highlights: The Whole Point Of No Return, You're The Best Thing

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4

Not really my style, but I'm still impressed.

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Piano is solid on it, lots of rhythm

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why is the cafe blue?

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4

A nice surprise. Had a fresh jazzy feel...bouncy. Worth another listen some time

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4

Back half was weird but it was jazzy and poppy enough to be enjoyable for a lot of it. 8

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4

Interesting

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4

Fav songs: - Blue Cafe - You're The Best Thing

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4

So smooth!

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4

It’s fun! All I can say about it really! Some really good songs in here

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4

one of the coolest albums to ever do it? An extremely varied series of jazz-pop builds and rises with little to no payoff, notable if only for the fact no two tracks sound the same.

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4

This is a very easy listen and one of my favorites so far.

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4

Surprisingly good! I really liked The Jam and thought this was a good exploration outside the mod-sound into new territory that could have been quite risky. Not all of the tracks are amazing but it's consistent despite the variety of genres and style.

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4

I can kind of understand why jazz was incorporated in a good amount of music in the early 80s this was a decent album.

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Zaczęło się spoko, później tak sobie 3.5

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4

4/5. Pretty varied, but a lil awkward sometimes ngl

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4

This was a fun listen. I’m still not 100% sure how I feel about it. I think that’s because it plays with so many sounds and styles. I’d listen again from front to back for sure. Totally different feel from The Jam as Paul Weller intended. But still rooted in great songwriting and creativity.

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4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: The Paris match, My ever changing moods, Dropping bombs, Strength of your nature, Council’ meetin

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“Solid soul-tinged pop songs, including 'My Ever Changing Moods,' 'Headstart for Happiness' and 'You're the Best Thing.’”

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4

Different and cool, am a sucker for fast piano

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4

So halfway through the I thought to myself “this is kinda bonkers.”

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Всегда считал Уэллера рокером (и даже не знал что это его проект) и тут такой, неожиданно, джазовый альбом. Класс! Мне очень понравился

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4

So eclectic I kept checking to make sure it was the same album

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4

Interesting cafe band mellow swing blues jazz fusion !!

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The payoff of diminished expectations, eh? As a British indie kid ca. 2000, The Jam were, like The Clash and The Kinks, part of my heritage; when my mates and I made mixtapes for the car in order to impress each other, a Jam track usually found its way onto our exacting compilations. However, The Style Council never got chosen; the only mate of ours who listened to The Style Council did so as an act of genuflection to his hero Paull Weller. This attitude, by my understanding, is pretty common across the UK: The Jam get praised as a key part of the British canon, and The Style Council get dismissed as a peculiarity by a iconic songwriter fleeing from his previous image. In any case, the sophisti-pop, 80s blue-eyed soul, jazzy instrumentals and (gulp) raps each seem, at first glance, a threat rather than an experiment. But ride me sideways, I rather like it. Paul Weller, giving his reasoning for this iconoclasm against The Jam's kinda thing, pointed out that the kids today in the mid-80s were grooving on down to soul, disco, R&B and other genres rooted in black music, so he and his new bandmate Mick Talbot might find exploring such music rewarding. The discerning listener may note that Mick Talbot was formerly the keyboardist for Dexy's Midnight Runners, the great soul champions of British new wave, so The Style Council were not going into these exotic genres that blindly. And Weller makes a decent enough fist of this more soulful style for Café Bleu to work. The album has 5(!) instrumentals, but neither their smoothness nor their jazziness grates. However, songs like The Paris Match (sung by Tracey Thorn of Everything But The Girl) have moments of real beauty, Strength of Your Nature possesses a fierce pulse, and the rap of A Gospel, remarkably, doesn't embarrass Weller nor the listener, a frankly miraculous turn of events when one contemplates the Wham! Rap and a thousand other sorry stabs at hip-hop by white singers. Now, I said I came into this album with slightly diminished expectations, allowing the album to surprise me with its high quality. So if you read this, I might unintentionally heighten your expectations, possibly leading to a sizeable disappointment. Maybe you should just ignore me.

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4

I was so ready to hate this album. ANOTHER British New Wave Band??? LOOK at that cover. I knew *exactly* what this was going to sound like... And then I was completely wrong. This was a fun romp that played with a bunch of genres. Sounded like the kind of thing you'd hear in a cafe.

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**6/3/2022 - ALBUM #127** https://open.spotify.com/album/6tF9nPl6x7ACsKZ8alL1he?si=WDF1-mWXT1uAdHxGuK-AAg Today's Album: "Café Bleu" by The Style Council - This album really didn't seem like it was going to blow me away from the front cover and name, but wow this is seriously one of the most compelling albums I've listened to on this generator so far. Like when the first track starts, you think you're in store for this really soulful jazz instrumental album with these really punchy piano playing with a tambourine accompaniment. But then, The Whole Point Of No Return subverts every expectation I had with this really soft, yet powerful guitar ballad about how the rich control everything. Then it's right back to jazz instrumental tracks like nothing happened, the first of which has this really fun Latin groove to it while the second is a super laid back club tune. I at this point really enjoyed how it was mostly instrumental cuts, but then The Paris Match entrances me with yet another slow club song, this time with a really nice female vocalist and at this point I was also noticing the amazing acoustics on the vocal production on the tracks that have vocals. My Ever Changing Moods is definitely the most straightforward track here song-structure wise, but the songwriting itself is actually really great and it's amazing with a really catchy chorus and I am impressed by how much sound is coming out of a simple Piano and Vocal performance. We get another jazz track before a pretty cheesy rap track about gun control. I think it's a decent track with a good message in the lyrics, but I also think it's the point in the album where I like a song slightly less than the rest. Strength of Your Nature is an insanely enjoyable electronic dance track that just goes absolutely nuts with synths and background vocals and I think this was the point in the album where I really felt like there was no consistent theme to the song styles here, but I sort of love it. The rest of the tracks up to the end sort of fit into the same styles we've heard throughout the first 2 legs of the album, but they still all feel really unique from one another and it all lends itself to a pretty outstanding record flow. The closer in particular includes this really upbeat and optimistic organ melody that ends the album on a nice upbeat note. Overall, this is a jampacked record full of fun tracks of a variety of different genres. There definitely is a bit of a range of quality throughout the track list, but I commend the band on just how much sonic ground they cover. Give this one a listen. Period. You will enjoy it. Highlights: Mick's Blessing, The Whole Point Of No Return, Me Ship Came In!, Blue Café, The Paris Match, My Ever Changing Moods, Dropping Bombs On The White House, Strength Of Your Nature, You're The Best Thing, Here's One That Got Away, Headstart For Happiness, Council Meetin' Score: 8/10 An incredibly unique and enjoyable jazz/dance/electronica(?) project

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4

Enjoyed the instrumental tracks most. Pretty cool stuff.

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4

cet album n'a aucun sens mais j'ai aimé pas mal de chansons

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4

La plus belle voix du PAF

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4

It was my sister that first introduced me to the charms of The Style Council. As with most of her recommendations, I tended to dismiss her. As with most of her recommendations, I tended to change my mind and appreciate where she came from as I matured (case in point: this band called The Beatles). Anyway, I'm a bit torn about how I should rate this particular album. On one hand, I really like the more jazzy instrumental tracks. I also like the superb vocals on The Paris Match, and I always had a soft spot for My Ever Changing Moods' lyrics. The rest is, how shall I put it, mediocre? Tracks that haven't aged gracefully? On the positive side, the bulk of this album is included in that first group. Thankfully.

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3

The word to describe this is, without a doubt, "fun". One part of me wants to immediately queue it up again, another wants to find something to complain about. I certainly don't think it's too busy, too cheesy, or forgettable. Perhaps it's slightly less musical sophisticated than other albums on this list. One of the most body-activating listens, though. Certainly a strong album at its rating, and I might be underselling it.

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3

The guitar on the self titled track was tight. The other tracks were cool too but that specifically stuck out

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3

Blandet landhandel, pop, soul, jazz, rap, sangskrivning, fængende

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Muutama hieno juttu mutta levynä kovin poukkoileva. Pystyi kuuntelmaan ilman vitutusta.

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3

Great variety, variable quality

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3

Meh

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3

A very wild mix of music, from old school rap, to jazz, to pop stuff. Some nice tunes, in particular "The Whole Point of No Return".

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3

It was alright. Relaxing and chill.

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3

pretty decent - paul weller has a big range of styles

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3

That was good fun.

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3

Way better than I expected, really enjoyed it at some parts and would definitely list to it again.

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3

This album is genre-bending at best, or completely different genres at worst. Jazzy, but then you have songs like "A Gospel" which are basically Hip-Hop, then it goes into "Strength of Nature" which is... new wave? I think I like the instrumental jazz pieces the most, the vocals don't add a ton for me.

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3

Pretty nice, more soul than you usually find in new wave

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3

First thing from this list that I actually hadn't heard of before. After reading descriptions online I guess I was expecting something like a Billy Bragg-esque folk rock, which it is definitely not. Interesting and another one that merits revisiting. The rap delivery section in one of the latter half songs has not aged well.

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3

Jazzy, soulful, not bad not bad. Was a bit repetitive to me but everything sounds that way when i'm not concentrating on the music

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3

Chill and jazzy. Definitely some easy listening.

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3

This is fun and unexpected. How many times is Paul Weller going to show up on this list?? And quite differently each time. The album really goes downhill for me though as it fractures into different genres - was hoping it would stay in that strange clowny jazz realm they started in.

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3

Cool as a cucumber, but maybe a bit bloodless for soul.

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3

jazz baby

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3

Though i'm a huge paul weller fan and there is some cool, soulful lounge act music in here (with a few amazing songs)... there is also enough embarrassing lounge rap that it's hard to enjoy the whole album.

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Hmmm, a weird one - I quite liked the slightly jazzy easy listening of the beginning of the album (that apparently maps exactly to the A side of the vinyl) but was much less keen on the more upbeat poppier B side. Especially "A Gospel", which was cringingly bad. Fave track - "My Ever Changing Moods" - makes sense that was a successful single!

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3

Surprising! Generally dislike ol' Weller but this was much better. Clearly should have quit while he was ahead

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3

Great album for a Sunday morning. Heavy on the instrumentals. A Gospel was a bit unexpected.

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3

Rítmico. Variado. Muy de piano. Buenas voces

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3

I thought this album was really fun, I was instantly on board. It made me dance about and I felt a longing for gigs and clubs and accidentally knocking drinks out of strangers hands. There was one love song that was a bit slower which killed that vibe for me a bit. But I guess the variety of the album was kind of why I liked it so maybe I've gotta accept that as part of that.

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3

Some great tracks. And Weller determined to do his own thing. Some shite too tbf.

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3

Pretty good until the ‘rap’ but I guess it was the 80’s rap was a new thing then. 3><4

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3

Best tof. Beetje alle kanten op qua stijl, maar dat stoorde niet.

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3

acoustic guitar sets, plus catchy pop tunes with a rap tune also. good listen.

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3

A bit boring, innit.

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3

I enjoy listening to this but I'm not that crazy about it. It's got lots of really nice parts and is fun in places. On one hand it's got variety but on the other hand it's a bit inconsistent so difficult to review, but it's mostly jazzy and bluesy numbers. Favourites are "The Paris Match" and "You're The Best Thing".

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3

A kind of Girl from Ipanema vibe

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3

This album is interesting. Half of it is like if Ben Folds Five made a jazz album and half of it is intricate new wave pop. Pretty cool overall.

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cool

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3

Liked A Gospel on more than the first half

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3

I found it a rather average album I didn’t hate the album but didn’t love it and none of the songs really stood out

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3

Instrumental for the most part. Jazzy and fun. Like it.

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3

This album was kind of all over the place but I enjoyed it. Favourite track was My Ever Changing Moods.

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3

Slow jazz Relaxing 3.5/4

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3

Seemed like they tried to be decent at about 9 different genres of music rather than excel in one genre.

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3

- nice enough vibes, oddly out of period - accessible, diverse jazz - strong musicianship, no band ~sound~ though - less said about A Gospel the better.

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3

// Favs: – Score: Decent 3

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3

Good album. Interesting. Best songs: Paris Match, A Gospel, My Ever Changing World, You're the Best Thing.

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3

Gaaanz schlechte 3. Paul Weller ist aber ein guter.

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3

Bit jazzier than I’d hoped for…. I like all the stuff I’d heard previously so I’m a bit disappointed by this long player. Not too bad though.

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3

Half of this album is a solid 4. But overall, I'm giving it a 3/5.

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3

6/10. Not especially memorable, but sounded pleasant throughout. Possibly one to visit and to revise scoring on in the future.

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3

A lot of variety on this, which was interesting. I liked the instrumental jazz a lot, but the hip hop styled track was pretty bad. I didn’t like the male vocal performance, it sounded very affected. Overall nice to listen to, I probably won’t revisit it though 6/10

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3

1984. The Whole Point Of No Return, You're The Best Thing

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3

Interestingly different

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3

I’d like a 4 but meanders a bit too much Some great tunes and great playing

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3

A bit weird but enjoyable overall.

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5/10

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3

Very unique album with regards to it's style: it's got sophistication, quirk, and playfulness. It's the kinda of style that would be later adopted by Vulfpeck with their more funky stylings. Regardless, there's a lot to like about the album but there are some off choices, such as the hiphop song. It might be the most eclectic album I've heard on the list so far, for better or for worse. It's really side B that leans heavy into it's right turns, so be ready for that. Pretty good otherwise.

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3

So ecclectic

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3

Listened to this while on a road trip, the jazzy compositions made for a great distraction from the monotony of road noise. Vocals seemed unnecessary, the instrumentals are where this album really shined. Cafe Bleu deserves to be on a road trip rotation, if not also remarkably appropriate for background music.

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3

loved Mick's Blessings probably my favourite of them all so far

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3

5/10

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3

Very eclectic album. Some jazzy beats, and some more upbeat bops as well

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3

It was ok. Insite that I would go back

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3

Jazz I think? It was all over stylistically.

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3

Good jazzy album

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3

This was an interesting one. I like The Jam and I like Paul Weller... and I somehow had no idea this entire project existed. It was a fun record (though A Gospel was realllly bad). I don't think I'd revisit the whole thing but there were some good songs and it was a nice one to discover

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3

First song was the best, the rest were okay

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3

A mix of Austin Powers, Peter Frampton, Ian Raymond from High Fidelity and much more. This album is like a Jackson Pollock painting, all over the place.

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3

Uma loucura.

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3

Alright, not bad, not my favorite.

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3

Perhaps this was instrumental in that quintessential 80s sound but it just sounded like generic 80s music to me.

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3

The album was alright. It was a mixture of jazz and pop. The jazz wasn't that good. It is better than a 2 but not quite a 3. However, I will round up because I did not skip any of the songs.

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3

Allegaartje van genres: jazz, hiphop, funky... Leuk om te luisteren, maar niet super

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I thought I would hate this, but I really didn't. It was pretty crisp "studio jazz" - which is okay in my book. But, it also encompassed a lot of what made the 80s the 80s (for better or worse). This guy has the stereotypical new wave vocals down, and they even through in a little hip-hop. I'm fine with all of it.

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Les chancelliers du style auront tout tenté sur cet album, passant de Willie Nelson à Ice Cube, mais le point qui nous intéressera le plus sera la dixième piste de l'album. Sur cette chanson, les chancelliers vont s'essayer à l'ultra-sexual soul. Mais qu'est ce que l'ultra sexual soul? Si l'on s'arrête sur la page wikipédia de ce genre musical, voici ce que nous trouvons: "L'ultra sexual soul est un genre musical popularisé par Marvin Gaye, dans lequel l'artiste cherche à se présenter de la manière la plus sexuelle possible." Le pari est pris, mais ne parvient malheureusement pas à nous convaincre, l'image de Marvin Gaye flottant au dessus de la chanson. Une prise de risque que l'on salue néammoins.

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Ce qui est amusant avec cet album est qu'après avoir démarré par une ambiance jazz, les Style Council se sont vite orientés vers de l'ultra-sexual-soul, n'arrivant évidemment qu'au quart de la cheville du maître de la discipline, j'ai nommé l'incontestable Marvin Gaye.

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3

This is..fine? Weird collection of stuff. One of those albums that reminds me this is some random British guy’s list

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3

Didn't feel like anything special. I didn't hate it or love it. It just is.

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-A totally groovin' riff opens up and continues through "Mick's Blessings" -some violent genre changes between "A Gospel," "Strength of Your Nature," and "You're The Best Thing" -Hinestly the instrumental songs ("Mick's Blessings," "Dropping Bombs On The Whitehouse," and "Council Meetin'") were the best songs. They had solid jams. The rest of the tracks didn't really keep up the energy

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3

Interesting mix of jazz and new wave…with a random hip hop song mixed in?? Each song was quite different which I appreciated, and it was mostly engaging. “My Ever Changing Moods” was familiar. I enjoyed it but probably wouldn’t listen again.

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A little something for everyone.

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Yeah, OK, uh-huh.

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I mean I’ve never been that crazy on Paul Weller or anything he’s been in but I don’t know it might be good… The album opens with Mick’s blessings, eh just a piano instrumental. Then is the whole point of no return it’s alright just some nice but dull slow jam with no real bang to it. Me ship came in is filled with lots of like clapping noises throughout the song which are alright, again it’s fairly mellow but not as bad as the others I guess even if it’s just an instrumental. Blue cafe is yet another instrumental this time a rather heavenly guitar based thing It’s alright but instrumental tracks are never really my kinda thing. The Paris match is the second song that’s non instrumental this time it’s female sung which works with the kinda relaxed lounge feel of the song and album yeah it’s alright. My ever Changing moods is a non instrumental song it’s probably the only one that’s genuinely satisfied me in the slightest to be honest as most of this album is rather dull. Ending side one is dropping bombs in the whitehouse a stupidly placed song as it’s the only one with any real energy in the whole album so far. It’s alright though just a long energetic instrumental. A gospel at the start of side two is really different though a more funk/ hip hop based track great bassline it’s not my kinda thing but it’s a good surprise. Strength of nature is another change it’s annoying though just so repetitive ( with only 2 lines being sung for most of the song) and after the four minutes it’s rewarding to pass this. You’re the best thing is the biggest song on the album ( not one I recognise though) it’s decent serves as a nice break from the weirdness of side 2 . Here’s one that got away goes for a more “pubby” sound it’s only short but It’s decent. Headstart for happiness is quite fun though a nice pop rock track just nothing much notable. The album ends with council meeting its a short but entertaining instrumental not a favourite but not dreadful. The thing is side one was as dull as dishwater and then side two while tried quite a few of the ideas failed in my eyes so I have to give it a very low 3.

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MOR lounge pop that you would hear as background Muzak at a restaurant but done good

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I have mixed feelings about this album. It is incredibly ambitious and features a wide range of genres including jazz, soul, new wave, and even rap. The lyrics reflect economic anxiety and are very pro working class. However, I’m not convinced that the mix of genres succeeds. The more jazzy moments work well, even if they’re not terribly innovative, but other moments are jarring and seem to be thrown in just for variety’s sake.

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First half was great jazz, second half was old school hip hop and new wave 80s pop. Both good, but the transition is very abrupt.

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I like the slow chill tracks

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Je n'étais plus certain à un moment de ce que j'écoutais. Ca va dans tout les sens et c'est difficile à suivre des fois. Les chansons sont quand même très bien faite et elles on toutes un petits quelques choses à leur facon dans tous les styles représentés dans cettealbum. 3.5

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Ihan vekkulia paikoin ja välillä kivaa fiilistelyä. Tykkäsin, mutta en tiiä meneekö uudelleen kuunteluun.

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I'm not really sure why this album is on the list. It's jazz/easy listening that isn't particularly innovative or influential. Even the review in the book damns it with faint praise. It's not bad, I guess? Best track: You're The Best Thing

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Kinda weird mix of stuff. Some nice and/or groovy parts, but mostly bad.

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Not great

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I liked parts of this album (the song with Tracy Thorn singing was great), but other parts not so much. Started much stronger than it finished. Feels like it's trying to be too many things - Paul Weller stepped out of his comfort zone in a few places on this record, and it shows. The rap and funk efforts in the mid-section of the album, in particular, are horrible clichés. In fact, the entire back end of the album sounds like a series of poorly executed parodies of a range of genres, but I get the impression they were supposed to be sincere... which makes it that much worse. I definitely won't be coming back to this one.

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Alright

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I guess 'eclectic' is the right word to describe this. Some of it I enjoyed but most of it not so much. A couple of the songs were super repetitive and annoying. 2 stars.

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Lack of focus in genre and direction made it difficult to get through.

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not my cup of whatever sugary drink this is

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This sounded pretty generic to me - basically elevator music

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Zoetsappig!

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Na het beluisteren van dit album ging ik er iets over lezen en kwam ik er achter dat dit de band was van Paul Weller. Dat had ik er echt niet uitgehaald. Wat een samenraapsel van nummers in allerlei stijlen. Maar veelal zoetsappige elevator-music. Ik kon er niet zoveel mee.

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Production: 8/20 Songwriting: 8/20 Innovation: 7/20 Bangers: 5/20 Emotional response: 9/20 =37 Up the Council gritter

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Some okay instrumentals, but the whole thing doesn't work for me. The vocals and guitar both sound strangely out of tune, and it makes the whole thing pretty hard to listen to

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A total mish mash of styles in which nearly all of them miss the mark completely - it holds onto a two on the basis that it’s competently done

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Actually quite enjoyed decent chunks of this album, but I found it confusing, to many clashes on theme and style and no intention of revising

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Man, that opener really made me feel like I was in store for something very different than I got: half a breezy, jazzy new wave album, then half a grab bag of different soul/pop experiments. I enjoyed the guest Tracey Thorn vocals, but felt like it was a little forgettable, overall. When it wasn't, it could be kind of cringe-inducing, like the pseudo hip hop of "A Gospel." I did NOT need to hear Paul Weller rapping today! Favourite track: "Here's One That Got Away"

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Not totally sure why this album is considered essential, it somehow feels overstuffed with ideas, but those ideas aren't that memorable. Maybe when it was released it sent shockwaves through the [New Wave/Pop Jazz] scene, but for me it was neither an easy listening or a challenging listen. Fav Tracks: The Whole Point of No Return and The Paris Match. Rating 2/5

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I remember some of these tracks from when they came out. I kind of liked a couple of them, and now listening to the whole album for the first time (and re-listening to the couple of songs I had heard before for the first time in a long, long time), I can very much appreciate the musicianship in them much better than I did back then. Much as I admire how expertly this music is written and played, on a personal level, it's not really my thing. It's odd to say that because I still love listening to The Jam, and I think Paul Weller is amazing.

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Some cool/interesting songs, but this is a bizarre collection of tracks to be on the same album

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The beginning is pretty much what I would expect in a jazz bar in Grand Rapids at 7pm on a Friday. Then, starting with "A Gospel", it veers sharply into bad white 80s rap, followed by generic 80s synth pop, to 60s-esque horn music. This album is tonally all over the place, and none of it is great.

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Ok

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Couldn’t get into it. The songs seemed disjointed and not in a good way.

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What genre is this? Feel like there's a reason I have never heard of it

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I mean, just settle for two or three genres or something.

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As someone who likes Mr. Bungle and Zappa, it’s hard for me to say that this album is too varied for its own good. That said, jazz to rap to pop, no cohesion.

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Imagino que es feia difícil en aquesta época seguir el camí de Paul Weller i els seus 'ever changing moods'. El seu primer disc postJam no pot estar més allunyat del que va fer amb la banda, amb temes instrumentals d'una gran influència jazzística, de vegades amb elements de big band. Curiosament, la primera part, molt més jazz, resulta més meritòria que la segona, més propera al pop, però sense cançons gaire memorables

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Too eclectic for me, and the rap kind of lost me. Still, "You're the Best Thing" is a great one. "Our Favorite Shop" is the 4-star one for me.

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First half of the album was ok - esp Mick's Blessings & The Paris Match. Did not care for the last half!

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Boring.

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Apparently I have no style

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A very bland album

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A little disappointing, not the fun, pop version of Ever changing moods. Very low key jazz first half with lots of instrumentals. Second half is much more upbeat, although the songs are more diverse. Please don't rap Paul!

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Ujevnt. Begynte bra og ble bare rart og masete. jeg digget Blue cafe og The Paris match. Mistenker dette var et slags konsept der de skulle prøve mye rart og mente det hadde kunstnerisk verdi. Resultatet er et godt eksempel på hvorfor uttrykket "skomaker bli ved din lest" eksisterer.

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Innom mange sjangre. Improv jazz, Poirot-stil. Så show rock/storband Elvis Costello-typen. Gikk lei.

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Best Song: My Ever Changing Moods. Like a budget Billy Joel. Worst Song: A Gospel. Sounds like an alternate take on the Ghostbuster's theme. Overall: One of the least cohesive albums I've ever heard. None of the songs seemed to have even a passing similarity or relationship to one another. There were some alright (albeit overly 80s) takes here, but they're tough to appreciate while you're getting musical whiplash.

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On dirait le portfolio d’une personne fraîchement diplômée en arrangements, soudainement désireuse de composer des chansons, soucieuse de montrer sa polyvalence. Manque d’originalité à part peut-être l’incursion dans la rap, idée plutôt nouvelle à l’époque.

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Hi- The Whole Point of No Return, Council Meetin' The first half of the album is sorta jazzy and funky, the second is early rap/funk. It's all very upbeat and contemporary for the time (1984!).

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This is way smoother than I thought it would be, it looked like some weird electronic shit.

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Meh. Feel like I didn't *have* to hear this one before I die.

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Jag är ledsen men detta var aptråkigt

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This was a confusing album. I didn't mind the first half, the ragtime instrumental opener, the jazzy lounge act songs that would be right at home in a Gotham City mob den. Then utter whiplash as they go into rap, followed by 80s cocaine keyboard dance music. First half was decent, but you lost me on the b side. Don't think it belongs on the list.

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I've never liked the Style Council; the beginning of Paul Weller's decline into "rock-dad" mode.

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Nieszczescia zdaja sie chodzic parami, przynajmniej tak jest w przypadku wyspiarskich pickow, bo kolejny krazek ktorego samemu raczej bym sobie nie odpalil, cafe bleu od the style council to jeden z tych albumow, ktory jest wszystkim i niczym, doslownie, bo takiego mieszanca gatunkowego dawno nie bylo, od instrumentalnego soulo jazzowania, ktorego brzmienie swietnie oddaje okreslenie muzyki lounge, czyli latwe sluchowisko, prawie jak windowe, ale z bardziej retro charakterem, przez sophisti-pop, ktory najlepiej wychodzi tej plycie na zdrowie, czego przykladem sa traki the whole point of no return czy my ever changing moods, kawalek ktory stal sie tytulem hamerykanskiego wydania tego albumu, czy nawet murzynskie rapsy, bo tak wlasnie brzmi gettowo brzmiacy utwor a gospel, a jakie to byly czasy, bo sama plyta wyszla w 84 i byla debiutanckim krazkiem zespolu, ktory tworzylo trio Paul Weller glownie gitara i bas oraz wokale i liryka, chociaz warto tez zwrocic uwage, ze plyta byla nagrywana w jego studio i mial swoj wklad w jej produkcje, Mick Talbot wszelakie klawisze, a musialo byc tutaj rowniez troche synthowego grania, bo wiadomo, ze nowa fala rowniez musiala zostac ujezdzona i Steve White na drumsach, ale zespol wspomaga sie licznym gronem muzykow sesyjnych, wiec niektore traki brzmia wrecz przesadnie orkiestrowo, ale na tych 44 minutach jest tak duzo, ze wylowic z tego cos wartego uwagi nie jest latwym zadaniem, o duzo za duzo dziwnych zenskich wokali o nie wiadomo czym, skakanie z gatunku na gatunek, jakby szukanie swojej wlasnej tozsamosci jako grupa, co daje efekt, ze naprawde dobrze slucha sie tych popowo brzmiacych utworow z akustykowymi instrumentalami, a orkiestrowo windowe granie staje sie filerowym zamulaniem, wiec ciesze sie, ze dalo sie cos wylowic z tego odsluchu, ale calosc jako album gra slabo przez brak jednego kierunku tworczego, zadnego konceptu czy planu nie potrafie sie doszukac na tej trakliscie, wiec na plejke leci jedynie the whole point of no return

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There are better Style Council records

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A decent 3-star jazzish muzak album that completely abandons genre coherency at the midway point to tack on a mish-mash of 1 star bargain-bin demos it sounds like. Just utterly bizarre.

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They cranked up the genre variety at the cost of writing a few genres well. Overall the album is very mediocre, and almost soulless because of it. 2/5

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Wanted to like this one better but it randomly turned into some sugar hill gang type shit

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Vile

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Wikipedian mukaan tämän genre on "sophisti-pop". Ilmeisesti oma sivistys ei riitä, koska tämä ei kyllä toimi ollenkaan. Sinänsä mitään suurta vikaa en keksi ja ei tämä ärsytä, mutta myös positiivisten puolten löytäminen tuntuu vaikealta. Tai noh, uusintakuuntelulla alkoi myös ärsyttämään jolloin arvosana meni naksulla alaspäin.

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Not good. Dated

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Comfortably the worst album we've listened to on this list. I had hitherto been unaware that it was possible to make music that sounds so soulless.

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The piano was annoying at the start. I thought that that was just going to be an intro, but the shit show just continued. Sorry Weller, but it's just a big pile of wank. Utter horse shit. Unacceptable.

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Pfoe, daar had ik wel wat meer van verwacht. erg gezapig

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terrible album. very confusing.

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Worse than imagine

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Not my thing... jazz that turned into weird hip hop.

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Bland 80s. I liked Paul Weller in the Jam, but this is the worst kind of boring. The Jam was rollicking and fun, but this I do not like.

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chiant

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Not feeling it. Some weird 80s European-mod-jazz

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I really want to like this, but I don't.

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Paul Weller, a social consciousness in the Thatcher era, plenty of guest musicians; this album should be great, but it's a mess of styles muddied by ever present 80's synths and saxophone. I wanted to like this one, as I do early and contemporary Paul Weller. Unfortunately, this is about as bad as the mid-80's has to offer.

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nah, not for me

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